Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery
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Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

14600 E 11 Mile Rd
Warren, Michigan, 48089-1556
United States

(586) 776-9428 | map

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stop #228 on my world brewery tour.

Located in a nondescript building on an interstate access road. Almost feels like you're headed into an auto parts distributor shop. The medieval interior reminded me of the Excalibur hotel and casino in Vegas.

Dragonmead has more beers than any other brewery I've ever visited. The best part is they are all well done. Our group of three shared a couple five beer samplers where you write the beers in ink on glossy stock so you don't ruin your sampler memento - excellent touch. We had...

Sampler 3
IPA, raspberry wheat, barleywine, Baltic porter, rauchbier

Sampler 1
Kolsch, nagelweiss, apricot wheat, hot pepper ale, cream ale

Sampler 2
trippel, abbey, quad grand cru, Belgian dark strong, golden (Belgian strong I think).

You can peek in and see the brewing operation on the way to the bathroom. It looked as if they did a lot of smaller batches.

The only downside to the place was the spotty service during our visit around 2:00 on a Friday. The bartender kept disappearing but did a fine job when she was there.

I would definitely recommend Dragonmead for any Michigan brewery tour.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was the third stop on our Microbrewery tour and literally had no idea what to expect. We walked in and I was shocked with how cool the interior to this place was. Loved all the tap handles which they had a TON of with all different styles of beer.

One of the women that was working there gave my dad and I along with a few others that were in the brewery a behind the scene tour of the brewery. She brought us all over, and even let us try different types of malts. Which I have never gotten to try before which was great. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions.

I even got a chance to try to first Chipolte ale which I was pretty nervous to try. Over all I totally enjoyed it was well as the other 5 beers I got a chance to sample! If your ever in the area I highly recommend that you stop in and have a drink! Cheers guys loved the whole operation!

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Photo of Preismj
4.47/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

cool little place i stopped at on my trip in MI.

Like an old mess hall at a castle, this place was decorated with old brick, armor, flags and fun! The people here knew their beers for sure and the amount of stuff they had on tap that they brew in house as a ratio of how large the place is was mind blowing. Tons of great stuff on the menu. complimentary pretzels and mustard to keep you from getting smashed (and they were a nice break in between brews too to cleanse the palette).

Overall, a great place. We didn't order food here, but it is also bring your own food if you like...cool concept since a lot of places get mad at you for doing this.

Fun, would go again and highly recommend.

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Photo of browna71
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great place, very unique atmosphere. Exactly what you would hope a place called "dragonmead" would look like- swords and midevil paraphernalia all over the place. Impressive amount of beers on tap, close to 25 I believe. Service was ok, food was bar food- got a decent burger with fries. Beer was great, and as I said, a great selection. We were able to get a sampler flight of 6 beers for about 10 bucks, so pretty reasonably proced for the quality of beer you get. Would highly recommend a visit to this place, very cool.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

a great place to go on week day afternoons on my day off, the feel is very warming, cross between a family restaurant at a renaissance fair and a pub at the same fair, the beer is usually good if not great, and the wait staff has always been friendly and prompt. the variety of beer is normally pretty vast and the in house made pop is also a nice touch for the DD, never ordered any food from there so i cant speak on that. price wise you never feel like you were screwed over when you walk out. also the regulars i see there are more times than not kind people and some great conversations can be had

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Photo of SenkoSnack808
4.43/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A few miles from my house, consider this to be my favorite place to grab an exceptional pint or 6 on the weekend. The selection is beyond stellar, with over 30 different styles. Pricing is on point, 4-5.50$ a pint, with the 6 sampler tray at 10.50$. The atmosphere is relaxed, pub/medieval feel inside. I enjoy the staff very much, always making sure you have pretzels, and your glass is never empty. Overall Dragonmeade brewery is an awesome place to grab some even more awesome craft. Only complaint would be the 11pm closing time!

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped here and was suprised by the extensive selection of beers. Figured out where to stay nearby and did two flights of beers... something that probably never happened before at a brewery because there usually aren't 10-15 beers I must try. The line up was great and had to buy a sixer of the Tripel. The atmosphere was somewhat laid back and lighting dark, which almost made me wonder if I was going to run into a friar at some point. Service was good but had to be to deliver two flights. I would most certainly stop here again if for nothing else than to sample their extensive list of beers. It's like a beer tasting sitting down.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Our last stop on the Detroit Brewery crawl.

Located off an entrance road to 496 Dragonmead seems out of place. Small parking lot with a simple storefront. Upon entering I felt like I was in the bedroom of a D&D obsessed 14-yr old. They've really gone crazy with the medieval kitsch (Check out the painting in the men's room to prove my point). Otherwise there's a somewhat cozy pub feel.

Loads of brews on tap (50+) which wasn't matched on any of our previous 9 stops. Not to mention a plethora of styles by country. Samplers (10.50 but large samples) consisted of 6 beers picked from the lot. I went with the Breath of the Dragon Bitter, Kaisers Kolsch, Inquisition Pale Ale, Holy Smoke Rauchbier, and their Russian Imperial Stout. The Kolsch was dead-on with great Pils flavor and late hop aroma with a crisp finish. The Rauchbier was a mess with over-done smoke with a watery mouthfeel. The others were decent but forgettable. I've had their Final Absolution previously so I know they can brew but my 6 weren't entirely impressive.

Food was prepacked frozen fried tidbits that at the time were just arriving from some bulk-sales type store. Regardless, we ordered sweet potato bites and jalapeno poppers which weren't great. Service was friendly.

Definitely the most unique place I've been in Michigan. That said, the beers I sampled were mediocre. Don't eat there unless you want to overpay for pre-frozen snacks. Is it a must-go? No, but if you're in the area stop in and try a beer as there is no shortage of variety.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/20/2010.

Stopped by here on a Saturday night. It is right off the highway. There are a lot of taps (~40) but this place is definitely more about quantity vs. quality. We tried a couple of samplers plus a few pints and all the beers were mediocre at best. The atmosphere and service were alright. Although it was a Saturday night, the bar was not completely packed and it probably was only mostly full because there was a special event going on. If you have extra time you could stop here, but there are better nearby brewpubs with higher quality beers (ie Rochester Mills, Sherwood, Black Lotus) that I much preferred to Dragonmead. I didn't try any of the food but there is a limited menu.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Ok, I have to stretch my memory a bit to review this place, but I think I can do it. I recall the bar area being neat looking with all of the various taps as you walk in. The one thing that will stick in my mind is the fact that I had the best pepper beer I've ever had here.

The bar is elongated so the bar seems to be at one and, seating at the other. The food is average, but the people were friendly. This is pretty reasonable as pricing goes.

Overall, worth a stop. Check it off your brewery list...it won't be the best place you've visited, but definitely not the worst either. I'd go back just for another pepper beer!

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Photo of CEEALAN
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dragonmead is a great establishment for beer lovers in Metro Detroit. They have a huge selection, and focus on beer, not food or location.

I'd purchased Dragonmead products for years at local market before venturing to their brewpub a few weeks ago. They're located in an industrial area on a freeway access road... you'd have to really be looking for this spot to know it's there. We were surprised when we entered... the brewpub is fairly nicely decorated and more spacious than we had envisioned... a 2-man band even had space to set up and play for the regulars (who started packing the place about 8PM on Saturday).

They have many (~20-30) of their own beers on tap. I tried many of them as samplers. Quality varies... I generally thought the Belgian-type ales were the best. It's great to have so much selection, although I would prefer a bit smaller selection but better overall quality.

The kitchen serves a some basic foods and snacks, but "bring-your-own-food" is allowed and encouraged. Great concept... I saw a table have a carry-out pizza delivered to a table on my 2nd trip to Dragonmead.

Overall, this is a nice spot with an expansive selection, a great crowd of real beer-lovers, and they have a number of solid-quality beers. I'll return many times.

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Photo of moshea
4.47/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dragonmead occupies a unique space in an industrail mall on the I-696 Service drive. The decor is renaissance fair chic. Even if that is not your style it still works.

The sheer variety of their own craft beer is the draw here. They have multiple styles form varying regions of the world. They do not do interpretations of styles, but rather do a spot on example of the styles they are brewing. They have limited food service but do allow take out from nearby resturants. Service has always been great.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped by here on my recent trip to Michigan.
Very cool decor and the interior is open and spacious. Nice medieval decorations and props. Nice, lengthy bar which is spaced away from the dining/sitting area. Two complete walls of taps. Greeted at the bar with a beer menu and a basket of pretzels and mustard for dipping.
Picked up the paper menu and saw a couple offerings that I would like to try. Then proceeded to open up the menu and find two more even more full pages of beers! All broken down by style and with complete info on all of them. I love that aspect. I ordered a sampler because there were so many beers I wanted to taste, but didn't have the time nor the liver to try them all. All the beers were solid and impressive. I would love to have a place like this near me. Wonderful friendly service and atmosphere, solid beers. Picked up a bottle of their Grand Cru to drink when I get home. Would most definitely return to Dragonmead on my next trip to Michigan.

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Photo of MasonBeerMan
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Pretty reasonable priced and huge selection of beers. Had a final absolution, which is a great belgian IMO. We got a couple samplers, which was a good deal. Came here after a weeding reception that was dry with 4 other couples, many of which did not drink micros and they all had a good time and enjoyed the beer. I think the huge selection helped. The Ring of Fire was something else, wouldnt say it was good, but worth a try in a sampler. They told me they put habaneros in it and I believe it. Overall a nice place, good beer, service and atmosphere.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dragonmead has it all. Good Beer, A Huge Selection, and a Creepy dragon painting with a naked lady in the mens bathroom!

Some of the beers are pretty mediocre though. I feel sometimes they focus on quantity over quality. The prices are can also be a bit steep for what you're getting.The sampler tray is a steal though. The service is usually pretty good, sometimes slower than it should be if they're busy, but the staff is always friendly. If it's on tap try the Ring of Fire. It tastes like fucking Nacho Cheese.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Visited on 10-18-08

Was headed to Warren for a family party, and figured I'd leave early and hit up a couple of local breweries. First stop was Dragonmead, and judging from the few mediocre beers they sell at the store, I was not expecting much. The place was almost completely empty when we got there, which isn't a bad thing, with football on in the corner, and a dimly-lit, pleasant medieval them to the decor. The service was decent, it seemed to take awhile to get a waitress, even though there was one other customer, but it wasn't a problem. The best thing about Dragonmead though, is the taplist. They must have had about 35 beers on tap, in every style you can think of. I had an abbey ale, which was very good, and got a growler of imperial stout to take home (which was awesome). We didn't have much time, so our stay was short, but I really look forward to going here in the future.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I made a road trip down to the Warren area with some friends and this was the first stop. On a Saturday afternoon the place was pretty calm and we had absolutely no trouble finding a table. The interior was pretty dark, but had plenty of windows and there were a lot of flags hanging off the wall inside. The tap line-up was amazing, I didn't really realize until I got there how many beers Dragonmead makes, considering the beers that are distributed. I was very happy with the Imperial Stout and even got a growler of it. The service was decent, pretty attentive and there were multiple waitresses/ bartenders taking care of us. I also loved that it was no smoking. I will be going back.

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Photo of Deuane
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in with 3 other BA's on the way to Madison for Great Taste.

Not much to look at from the outside but once you walk through the doors...Bam! Beer Nirvana!

Passable job of decorating the interior with an English Middle Ages feel. Nice game area with darts and table seating to the left and a long bar to the right.

Ok, so what can you say about a place that offers 38 different home brewed micros on tap? Well, plenty if they were all crap but, they are far from that!

Thirty-eight freakin' taps...including a few cask selections....CRAZY! Plus, they make their own soda...in 6 different flavours!

The beers we ordered and shared were all good or better....a credit to the brewers for becoming successful at so many styles.

Nice to have brews offered in a lovely sampler platter, in half-pints or full pints....I took advantage of the half-pint offerings.

No food today....and they dont offer much....but enough to fill your stomach to keep you drinking!

Our server was pleasant and helpful. We never waited long between finishing one beer and starting the next.

Dragonmead is a beer stop in southeast Michigan that should not be missed. With Kuhnhenn being less than 10 minutes away these two locations make a fantastic one-two punch!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

My wife and I stopped here on a recent trip to Michigan. The place is fairly well lit with a nice long bar. Medieval style decor lines the walls along with breweries numerous awards. There is an incredible selection on draft, over 30 beers, including a cask variety. All selections we tried extremely well done. Our bartenders were friendly, talkative, and good at keeping up with the surprising number of people that were here after 10pm on a Wednesday. We did have a chance to chat a bit with one of the brewers for a while also.

Nothing I write in this review could ever be enough. This is perhaps one of the best places to get a beer in Michigan - and perhaps even for better than 250 miles (or more). You would not be disappointed to go out of your way to stop here on whatever would take you in Dragonmead's direction - and if you live in the Detroit area and haven't been here, you're missing out. We will definitely be back on return trips (and plan more time also).

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Photo of HopDerek
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Visited 4/25/08
At first we decided to stop here to kill time between our visit to Kuhnhenn and another place that wouldn't be opened yet, but we're glad we did, and spent more time here than originally thought.

From the outside, Dragonmead looks like a typical late 1990s constructed mini-mall building parallel to the interstate. But once you get inside, you're really taken away by how all out they went with the theming. This place belongs at a Renaissance Fair with its huge assortment of medieval theming; knight armor, banners, coats of arms, stained glass with dragons on it, mosaics, and most impressive to a beer lover...50 taps for beer! Though they "only" had 37 things on tap at the time (all their own brews), combine that with all the medals and awards they proudly have displayed on the walls surrounding their large bar showing the brews are worthy of enjoyment and this place could easily be a beer drinkers resort, if only they allowed camping.

The bartender was really upbeat, happy to see us, prompt, and knowledgeable about the beers. Beers come in a variety of sizes and styles, most with Medieval themed names or something relative to Dragonmead, and are all descent, some like the Final Absolution are downright phenomenal. The only downside to the place is that they don't offer much food, and their fryer was down when we were there, so no mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers for us, thus limiting our selection even more. They did offer hamburgers and assorted cheeses and snacks, but this is clearly a place where drinking comes first. They'll gladly allow outside food to be brought in though.

In all, a really impressive place that shouldn't have to play second fiddle to other places in the area. We're definitely heading back, maybe next time spending a whole day just in Warren, MI, and we'll bringing our own food to better soak up all the amazing beers we'll have to try, maybe even breaking out the turkey legs to better suite the theme.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

We had the pleasure of visiting this brewpub during a recent run through Warren, MI. Right off the bat as you pull up, you know that with its cool looking castle like brick façade (hey at least for a brewpub), this is going to be a pretty neat place. The interior has some of the coolest theming that I've seen in a brewpub in a while. Medieval is definitely the motif, with coat of arms banners and European flags hanging from the rafters, a suit of armor in the corner, and various dragon influenced artwork all over the walls. The coolest stuff in reserved for the bar area though with it's Knight & Dragon stain glass windows, shield tile mosaic (that houses just some of the dragon themed taps) and the classic wood wraparound bar. An all around great atmosphere that really sets the mood for the beers to come...

Ah, onto the beers. They offer at least 50 different styles of which they had 37 available. Yes, I said 37 different beers...from one brewpub! The styles ran the full gamut, from their Ring of Fire Chili beer, to the Crown Jewels IPA, to a Bourbon Imperial Stout, to their absolutely magnificent Final Absolution Belgian Triple. We tried a lot of stuff (and were glad that they offered ½ pints) and everything was top notch for the style. If you go back towards the bathrooms, they offer you a peek into the brewery and their awesome looking "tank farm" of small fermenters that shows just how they can keep so many beers on at a time. Pretty cool!

They offer a limited food menu (and encourage you to order in your own if you want) and although their fryer was down, we still made due with a tasty cheese and cracker plate. The service here was great. We were promptly greeted by our server April at the bar as we entered and were treated like we were the only ones in the place (OK, we actually were for our first 15 minutes here;) but still, she did an outstanding job the entire time we were there. Owner Larry Channell even came out to talk with us for awhile. We felt very welcomed here and wish that we could have stayed longer.

This really was a surprise of a visit for us as we didn't expect to like this place this much! A great themed atmosphere, awesome (and a massive selection of) beers, and a friendly staff make this a must hit if your in the area. We definitely can't wait to visit again.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.72/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

We stopped in on a Saturday night. The beer menu is downright impressive! We tried as many beers as we could reasonably try. The selection of American, English, and German beers was unparalleled. You'd be hard pressed to find a place that suited so many different places.

THEY ONLY SELL THEIR OWN BEER! And that is so cool.

The place was small, so I wondered a bit more about their brewing operation. They didn't have any of the brewing equipment in view.

There isn't really a food menu (it includes popcorn, burgers, cheese and crackers). But they're okay with you bringing in carry out food from restaurants. A number of people ordered pizzas while we were there. The cheese and crackers were tasty and went well with the beer. The sampler trays were generous and a nice way to attack their massive beer menu.

I particularly enjoyed the IPA and the ESB. The growlers are brown glass, and they have a more modern sealing mechanism and the beer transported well. The server insisted the growler kept in carbonation for a month. I didn't get a chance to try it; we drank it all when we got home.

There was live music when we were there; the guy was really quite good and added a lot to the atmosphere. When he wasn't there, they didn't have music playing. I'm sick of going to brewerys, etc. where they feel that loud music is a way to make up for lack of ambiance and customers.

I'd recommend this place to anyone. It's too bad it's 7 hours from home.

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Photo of knight84
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Visited twice in the last year. The atmosphere is fun and fairly unique, they have a medieval theme which they pull off pretty nicely. The barroom is long and narrow, they could do with some more seating. We went with a decently large group and there was a bit of a hassle and uncertainty if we would be seated before the servers were able to accommodate us.

The beer selection was the best I've seen at a brewpub. They had over 30 beers listed and almost all of them were available. Not all the beers were memorable but a number of them were very good. The beer sampler is the best way to go, 5 6oz samples for under $10! Unfortunately I was the DD for the night so I had to limit myself to one sampler.

The appetizers were good, the venison sausage and cheese paired nicely with some of the beers. Beyond that you'll want to order your own food delivered or bring some with you (they allow both). This is a fun place to visit in the metro Detroit area and certainly does not disappoint when it comes to the beer!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

take this review with a grain of salt. i am into the whole medieval, dragons, Lord of the Rings thing, so i may be swayed by the theme. but even regardless of that, this place is awesome. the place is decorated with medival type stuff, banners, tapestries and the fonts are all reminiscient of camelot. most impressive was the amount of beers avaiable, the beer menu was 3 pages. all their own, broken into 11 styles, American, Scottish style ales, Barleywines, belgians, cask conditioned, czech lagers, english ales, german ales, RIS's, mead/wine, and Norwegian ales. i had the Excalibur Barleywine (11%) and their flagship beer Final Absolution (a 10% trippel). highly impressed, makes my trips to Mi. that much better. kuhnhenns one day, dragonmenad the next. and the prices are reasonable too. they dont serve much food, little finger foods, but they encourage ordering out and provide menus to do so. an incredible establishment, will be a staple of every michigan trip.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped by with a bunch of beer-appreciating friends on a cold Saturday night. Smallish, narrow, but long barroom was busy but not crowded. The servers hooked us up by putting some tables together and even asking another small group to move! Very nice. The walls were adorned with medieval-ish paraphernalia and clever posters. Nice lighting, cozy atmosphere, 2 real dartboards, and lots of games scattered about. Not smoky at all (thankfully!). The beer menu is huge and almost unbelievable. They listed 36 beers and one mead and our server disappointedly informed us that they were out of 3 of the beers. Only 33! Prices were reasonable and they offered a 5 x 6 oz. sampler tray for $8.50. All the beers I sampled were well-made and good. A few were forgettable, but several were very good. I especially liked the Copper Shield and the Dead Monk. They have limited food options: pretty much just crackers, pretzels, and some fried snacks. The venison sausage with cheese and crackers was tasty and went well with the rauchbier. They also let you order food from nearby restaurants for delivery and you can even bring in your own! All in all a very pleasant experience and well worth a stop if you're in the Detroit metro area.

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Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,942 ratings
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